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K-Staters in the news - October 2014

The top stories mentioning Kansas State University are posted below. Download an Excel file with all of this month's news stories.


Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

K-State journalism students gain better understanding of Army public affairs
10/29/14 DVIDS
For the first time, Kansas State University's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications students partnered with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division's Public Affairs Office to gain a better understanding of military public affairs.

Worried About Inflation? Follow These 3 Rules
10/28/14 Street Authority
Still, as I noted a few years ago: "According to a study conducted by Kansas State University, the average annual return on U.S. farmland since 1950, including crop yield and land appreciation, is 11.5%, compared with a 12% annualized total return for the stock market." Roughly 60% of that annual gain came from rising land prices (with the other 40% due to profits earned by farming, which is of little use to landowners).

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry speaks at KU's Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series
10/29/14 6 News Lawrence
"At K-State we have a lot of signs around campus. I think it's really important to acknowledge that one, there is a problem in our society, and then two, understand that knowing about it is a part of the solution," said Shaun Dowdell, student at Kansas State.



Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Wheat-for-Corn Switch Sweeps U.S. in Bid for Break Even
10/28/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
Even with Chicago wheat futures down 12 percent this year to $5.32 a bushel today, that's still above variable costs for most growers of about $4.50, based on six years of farm-production data, according to Dan O'Brien, an economist at Kansas State University in Colby. Corn futures are down 13 percent to $3.685 a bushel, barely ahead of production costs near $3.50. That's enough of an incentive to encourage more wheat output next year, O'Brien said.

First lady plugs K-State documentary on first-generation students
10/28/14 Wichita Eagle
First lady Michelle Obama gave a nice plug for "A Walk in My Shoes," a documentary commissioned by the Kansas State University College of Education about first-generation college students. In a post on the website Upworthy.com, Obama shared that neither of her parents graduated from college and that she was a little overwhelmed when she started college.

Rademan, Bray both say Recorder is most important office
10/28/14 News Tribune (Missouri)
Bray, 60, is originally from Carthage, but moved to the area while in grade school. He has a bachelor's degree in architecture from Kansas State University and retired from the Missouri State Parks early this year. He has worked as both a concert and boxing promoter in Jefferson City and has served on the Historic Preservation Commission and the board of directors for the Cole County Historical Society before being elected to the Jefferson City Council.


Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

*NerdWallet: When couples disagree on money
10/25/14 USA Today
Last year, researchers from Kansas State University found that disagreements about money were most likely to be a predictor of divorce. These conflicts also lasted longer, involved harsher language and took longer for couples to recover from than arguments about other matters.

Paul Allen to Give $100 Million to Tackle Ebola Crisis
10/25/14 The New York Times
But it was perhaps an earlier contribution to underwrite research on an Ebola vaccine at Kansas State University that prompted his interest in and concern about the disease. “There was a vaccine that got developed and was tried in chimps, but its efficacy was never tested,” he said. “It was a bit of a dead end, but it planted a seed in my consciousness.”

Pet health info: A web of lies
10/26/14 Philadelphia Inquirer
"Each pharmaceutical company is required to conduct a thorough investigation of all adverse events," says my colleague Michael Dryden, professor of veterinary parasitology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. "In these investigations, all relevant information is obtained, such as the medical history of the animal, clinical pathology reports, toxicological data for the product, necropsy reports and any other available information. This information is used to help determine the likelihood that a product is linked to the reported event in the patient."

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Beetroot boosts athletes' performance
10/24/14 Yahoo News India
"Our research has shown that the nitrate found in beetroot concentrate increases blood flow to skeletal muscles during exercise," said David Poole, professor of exercise kinesiology and anatomy and physiology at Kansas State University.
Couple offers $5 million gift challenge to KSU
10/23/14 KCTV5
A Massachusetts couple has made a $5 million challenge gift to Kansas State University's College of Business Administration.
Microsoft co-founder pledges $100 million to fight Ebola
10/23/14 Financial Review (Australia)
But it was perhaps an earlier contribution to underwrite research on an Ebola vaccine at Kansas State University that prompted his interest in and concern about the disease. “There was a vaccine that got developed and was tried in chimps, but its efficacy was never tested,” he said. “It was a bit of a dead end, but it planted a seed in my consciousness.”

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

First-generation student documentary premieres
Oct. 23, 2014 Associated Press — Miami HeraldKansas City StarThe News & ObserverCharlotte ObserverKCTV 5The News Tribune
The premiere is planned for Nov. 4 at Kansas State University and will coincide with First-Generation College Student Awareness Week. "A Walk in My Shoes: First Generation College Students" also will be streamed live for those who can't attend the premiere.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

*Work, family can impede exercise plans
10/22/14 San Francisco Gate
"That really didn't come up for the women," said Emily Mailey, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State and one of the study's authors. "The men felt guilty about exercising after the kids go to bed because that would be time they could spend with their wives."
*Petite people as strong as bigger peers
10/22/14 News.com.au (Australia)
Professor Michael O'Shea, from Kansas State University in the US, who conducted the research using a computer model, said: "Online advice from several sources was somewhat misleading in suggesting that pack weight should be a certain per cent of a person's weight.
Country ham scrambles for greenhouse gas replacement
10/22/14 Scientific American
But some ham mites always sneak in, said Thomas Phillips, an entomologist at Kansas State University. "This group of pests co-evolved with human culture to specialize on stored food. They're very good at getting in," he said.


Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

*Hey, guilt-ridden parents: Exercise isn't selfish
10/20/14 Health.com
“A decline or lack of exercise among working parents has mostly been recognized as a female issue. The ethic of care theory — that females have been socialized to meet everyone else’s needs before their own — explains why women feel guilty when they take time to exercise, though the same principle hasn’t been studied for fathers,” study author Emily Mailey, a kinesiology researcher at Kansas State University, said in a university news release.
*Benchmark survey finds a continued rise in giving to colleges
10/21/14 The Chronicle of Higher Education
While universities like Stanford and Harvard top the list of colleges on the Philanthropy 400, it’s not just the elite that are cashing in. Kansas State University’s fund raising grew 43 percent from 2012 to 2013, up to $108-million last year.
GOP dominates spending in House races
10/20/14 Hutchinson News
Among Sherow's campaign expenditures between July 17 and Sept. 30 was $3,500 in a salary for himself. The Kansas State University professor took an unpaid leave for the campaign, and the sum paid to the candidate is to keep his home mortgage paid, according to a campaign spokesman. The Sherow campaign disbursements for the overall election topped $103,000 by the end of September.  


Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

*Face time with university president accelerates giving
10/19/14 Chronicle of Philanthropy
Rand Berney has been giving to Kansas State University almost since the day he left campus in 1977 with his undergraduate degree in accounting.

*Benchmark Survey Finds a Continued Rise in Giving to Colleges
10/20/14 Chronicle of Higher Education
While universities like Stanford and Harvard top the list of colleges on the Philanthropy 400, it’s not just the elite that are cashing in. Kansas State University’s fund raising grew 43 percent from 2012 to 2013, up to $108-million last year.

*The Seven-Year Glitch
Calculating Your Dog's Age Is More Complex Than You Think

10/19/14 Wall St. Journal and Yahoo! Finance
Somewhere along the way, it seems likely to several veterinarians, typical lifespans were pegged at about 70 for humans and about 10 for dogs. Thus, the seven-year rule was born. "My guess is it was a marketing ploy," says William Fortney, a veterinarian at Kansas State University, "a way to educate the public on how fast a dog ages compared to a human, predominantly from a health standpoint. It was a way to encourage owners to bring in their pets at least once a year."

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

A Balanced Diet For World Food Day: Bugs, Groundnuts And Grains
10/17/14 NPR Berlin
Sorghum and millet can thrive where "other more water-hungry crops cannot grow," says Tim Dalton, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University. So unlike corn, sorghum and millet can withstand the tropical heat and won't die if there's a drought.
The Role of Cooperative Extension in Food Safety
10/16/14 Food Safety News
Kansas State University enjoys a strong relationship with a variety of meat producers, which has been building over the past few decades. Meat science faculty engage in research related to meat quality, sensory evaluation, meat safety, color stability, packaging and numerous other factors related to meat from slaughter to handling at home. The department offers courses on campus and through distance learning, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points courses throughout the Midwest and value-added services for meat processors. The department has been releasing papers on optimal equipment for small producers, handling wild game and other technologies since the 1990s.
*Protein Found in Insect Blood Helps Power Pests' Immune Responses
10/16/14 Kansas Ag Connection
Michael Kanost, university distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, led a study by Kansas State University researchers that looked at how protein molecules in the blood of insects function in insects' immune system. Insects use proteins that bind to the surface of pathogens to detect infections in their body.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Top universities for a UAS degree
10/16/14 Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
Through its work with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test sites and with the emergence of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-authorized research initiatives, Development Counsellors International has put together a list of the top 10 universities offering degrees in UAS. Universities include: Kansas State University Salina: With one of the best aviation programs in the country, K-State Salina is the second university to offer a Bachelor of Science in UAS. K-State Salina is also one of only a few universities with authorization to fly UAVs in the National Airspace System.

*CrossFit vs. unit PT — Troops will do the training plans in what's likely the biggest CrossFit study ever
10/16/14 Military Times
Researchers with Kansas State University’s kinesiology lab will track 20 groups of soldiers — more than 200 troops in all — over four years. Half of the troops will do by-the-book PT training, and the other half will get trained up in CrossFit.

KBOR reviews sexual assault policies
10/16/14 Kansas Public Radio
KU, Kansas State University and Washburn University are being investigated by the federal government for how they handle sexual assault claims. The investigation includes 85 schools nationally.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Great Value Colleges publishes new article recognizing college town ice cream shops
10/14/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
25. KSU/Call Hall Dairy Bar - Kansas State University: Manhattan, KS 

Dads struggle to balance work, family, fitness just like moms
10/13/14 Business Standard
According to the Kansas State University kinesiology researcher stated that as gender roles change and fathers become more active in their children's lives, they experience the same barriers as mothers; family responsibilities, guilt, lack of support, lack of time, scheduling constraints and work. 

In Kansas, Sen. Pat Roberts' legacy may be his downfall
10/13/14 News Observer
His hallmark Freedom to Farm Act of 1996 deregulated agriculture for the first time since the Great Depression, but it failed to transition farmers off subsidies as intended. His stint at the head of the prestigious Senate Intelligence Committee during the Iraq war was marred by vicious partisan sniping. He succeeded in securing a state-of-the-art research facility for his alma mater, Kansas State University, in 2008, only to vote down $400 million in federal funding for the project six years later.

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

A Nebraska Ghost Town, With a Name From Mars, May Be Reborn
10/10/14 New York Times
M.J. Morgan, a history professor at Kansas State University, studies forgotten towns in that state, where she said there are about 9,000 of them. The reasons that places thrived or faded vary from region to region, and Professor Morgan said the towns’ stories and the pioneers behind them merited study.

Brain scans explain DIY investing
10/12/14 The New Age
A parent's credit card problems may leave an adult child petrified of debt, for example. People find it easier to change their behavior when they understand what's really motivating it, says Kristy Archuleta, a Kansas State University professor and editor-inchief of the four-year-old Journal of Financial Therapy.

In Kansas senate race, Pat Roberts' legacy may be his downfall
10/12/14 Sacramento Bee
He voted against the farm bill. He voted against a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled, even after his mentor, Bob Dole, personally asked him to support it. He voted against a $1 trillion spending bill that included $400 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University, a pet project he had championed for years.

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

No, A 'Dog Year' Isn't Equivalent To 7 Human Years
10/9/14 Business Insider
The seven-year rule is thought to much more recent. A veterinarian at Kansas State University told The Wall Street Journal: "My guess is it was a marketing ploy. It was a way to encourage owners to bring in their pets at least once a year."
PURE Submits Food Contact Notification to FDA for SDC Antimicrobial Use in Produce Processing
10/9/14 Bloomberg Businessweek
Meaningful SDC Produce Test Results
Testing performed at Kansas State University, under the direction of Dr. James Marsden, evaluated the efficacy of SDC against Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli O157:H7 on iceberg lettuce, spinach and cilantro. These leafy greens were chosen for evaluation because they are challenging to effectively treat during processing.
Dads, not just moms, battle balancing work, family, exercise
10/9/14 ScienceDaily
Some fathers are exercising their emotions as much as mothers when balancing fitness and family, according to a Kansas State University kinesiology researcher.

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Kansas State professor aims to develop vaccines to protect against tick-borne diseases
10-9-14 News-Medical.net
A Kansas State University professor is researching ways to keep animals and humans safe from tick-borne diseases.

Tick-Borne Disease Research Aims to Develop New Vaccines
10-9-14 e science news 
A Kansas State University researcher has received a four-year $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to continue studying the tick-borne bacterium Ehrlichia chaffeensis.

BCI Develops Training Modules In Collaboration With $25 Million Research Effort 
10-9-14 Farms.com 
A series of new beef cattle online training modules has been released by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. The series was produced in part with funds from a $25 million grant distributed to 16 institutions in 2012.

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Vets face rising worry over fleas
10/1/14 New York Times
Michael W. Dryden, a professor of veterinary parasitology at Kansas State University, has conducted numerous studies on the efficacy of flea treatments. Dr. Dryden, who is commonly called “Dr. Flea,” said there are some areas, particularly in the southeastern United States, where flea populations are strong and some treatments may not be working as well as they did 10 to 15 years ago. However, flea products continue to work well in most parts of the country, so the real issue is educating consumers on the best way to use the products and what results to expect.

*This week in agribusiness
10/4/14 Farm Progress America
Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong offer a report from Janell Aust about a new test from Kansas State University that provides a quicker, and more accurate, test for E. coli 0:157.

*Water-law cops accused of letting spigots run
10/5/14 World News Daily
Research conducted by Kansas State University suggests within five decades only about 30 percent of the Ogallala Aquifer will be left.

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

In-depth analysis of bat influenza viruses concludes they pose low risk to humans
10/3/14 Medical News Today
Because no infectious virus particles were isolated from the bat samples in which the influenza-like sequences were identified, the authors of the present study, led by David Wentworth from the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, USA, and Wenjun Ma from Kansas State University in Manhattan, USA, first addressed the question of whether the sequences are derived from infectious flu viruses or merely evolutionary relics of now defunct ancestors.

KDA awards $303,000 in specialty crop block grants
10/3/14 U.S. Ag Net
Recipients include: Kansas State University, Dr. Eleni Pliakoni, $69,837 - Improve shelf life, quality and safety of locally grown vegetables in Kansas. The overall objective is to improve the efficiency of storage and distribution of specialty crops as well as develop educational resources to educate specialty crops producers on food safety practices. Kansas State University, Department of Horticulture, Dr. Cary Rivard, $30,387 -- Develop a survey to document economic impact of fruit and vegetable growers in Kansas.

World War II pilot skydives from plane
10/3/14 Washington Times
Bonebrake, a retired mechanical engineer and Kansas State University alumnus who lives in Manhattan, turned 93 earlier this month. He recently flew a plane and jumped out of another one at 10,000 feet.